Ohawe Beach 2

Sunrise 2Ohawe Beach

The temptation is to always shoot a landscape image in the orientation named after the genre, landscape. After all, it must work right? But to do so would mean limiting the possible compositions without any good reasons. In fact many years ago I heard this expression which has stayed with me ever since, "When is the best time to shoot a portrait version of a landscape, after capturing the same image in landscape"

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Papa Rock Patterns

Papa RockKai Iwi Beach, Wanganui

Beaches are ever changing, the sand gets moved from one area to another, debris gets washed up then washed away. The rocks change as well, weathered by the storms and the waves they take on interesting shapes and patterns, revealing the destructive forces at play.

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Ohawe Beach

Ohawe Beach SunriseTaranaki

On Saturday morning Les headed to one of Tim Bond's favorite beaches. The images he has been posting of this area are stunning, so we thought it was time to try it for ourselves. Our hope was to catch the first rays of sunlight before the storm promised in the forecast descended. Through the side window of the truck I could see in the near dark skies that the clouds were looking heavy but hadn't lowered as much as I might have expected.

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Wipeout

WipeoutPatea Breakwater

Patea Breakwater

Peaceful (v2)Patea Breakwater

I have always loved images where graceful lines lead the viewer off into a beautiful misty seascape. But finding these structures can be hard. A few years ago I saw an image of the breakwater at Patea, that looked like it might work. I hoped it was just a case of waiting for a nice stormy day with a good helping of clouds.

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